Negar Khatami - Designer
Jewelry design was not Negar Khatami's initial plan. She studied business at Simon Fraser University and spent years in the corporate world before realizing that climbing the corporate ladder would not bring her happiness. Negar attended a night course in jewelry design at a local college in 2008. The first time she cut a piece of silver, she felt such a rush; she knew this was her calling. She pursued a master goldsmith and apprenticed under her for a time, learning as much as she could. Soon friends and strangers were inquiring how they too could own a piece of Negar's jewelry.
Negar's Iranian background influences her designs, as does her love of antique jewelry. Negar Khatami's creations are deeply nostalgic with a modern edge. She has taken heirlooms and recreated them for the modern women. She is deeply influenced by history, the stories of our past, and the jewelry masters of yesterday. Both nature and urban architecture influence her aesthetic. A little dry branch found in Stanley Park was the inspiration for La Vie Collection. Where the Aevum Collection was inspired by Persian Medieval iconography, with a modern urban wearability.
Negar's jewelry defies the trend of mass produced costume jewelry. Each piece is made with love with her own hands. To ensure superior quality, Negar does all her own castings. The signature of the line is the depth of detail of the jewelry. In 2010 Negar and her fiance´ opened a full production studio in Vancouver, where all of her pieces are manufactured and where all the magic happens.
Negar grew up in Tehran, Iran. In 1997 she moved to Canada to be free from the oppressive rules of the government and the harsh political climate. She quickly fell in love with Vancouver's lush atmosphere and warm multicultural environment. She considers life in Vancouver a blessing and refers to herself as "The Desert Girl in the Rainforest".
When she is not at work, Negar can be found enjoying the nature, taking photographs, biking on the seawall of Stanley Park, travelling, or exploring antique stores for inspiration.